Universität Wien FIND

210137 SE M11: FOP Research Practice (2019W)

Political Communication

12.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

Eine Anmeldung über u:space innerhalb der Anmeldephase ist erforderlich! Eine nachträgliche Anmeldung ist NICHT möglich.
Studierende, die der ersten Einheit unentschuldigt fern bleiben, verlieren ihren Platz in der Lehrveranstaltung.

Beachten Sie die Standards guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis.

Die Lehrveranstaltungsleitung kann Studierende zu einem notenrelevanten Gespräch über erbrachte Teilleistungen einladen.
Plagiierte und erschlichene Teilleistungen führen zur Nichtbewertung der Lehrveranstaltung (Eintragung eines 'X' im Sammelzeugnis). Ab WS 2018 kommt die Plagiatssoftware (‘Turnitin') bei prüfungsimmanenten Lehrveranstaltungen zum Einsatz.

Registration/Deregistration

Details

max. 35 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 23.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 30.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 06.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 13.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 20.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 27.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 04.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 11.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 08.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 15.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 22.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Wednesday 29.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Liberal democracy demand informed citizens. Citizens should thus have access to political information helping them to develop opinions and attitudes. Access to information is not necessarily symmetric and the different actors involved – e.g., news media agents and political parties – may not present political information in an identical way. Personality traits as well as political ideology may mediate the information citizens obtain.
In this research practice seminar we will thus deal with different aspects of political communication. Which political information environments do exist? How do they impact citizens’ political knowledge levels? To which extent do they impact citizens’ political attitudes and political behaviour? How are political campaigns and interpersonal discussions influencing citizen? And which consequences can political communication aspects have for liberal democracies?
These questions will lead us through the research practice seminar. Students should develop an own research proposal in this research area and search for empirical data that allow answering their research questions. This can be done by either using secondary data (e.g. European Social Survey, Election Studies) or developing and implementing new research instruments (e.g. online survey, text analysis of party programmes or news media reporting).
The goals of the research practice seminar are threefold. First, students become acquainted with theories and recent research on political communication. Second, they learn how to develop a research proposal. Third, student become familiarized with empirical research methods in political science. They can then be applying to their own research proposal.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Attendance and active collaboration in class
• Presentation of readings and developing discussion points
• Presentation of research outlines and acting as discussant on other students’ research outlines
• Developing survey instruments and running empirical data analysis
• Seminar Paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Attendance and active collaboration in class (10%)
• Presentation of readings during classes (5-10 minutes) and developing discussion points for the following class discussion (10%)
• Presentation of two research outlines during class and acting as discussant on other students’ research outlines (20%)
• Developing survey instruments and running empirical data analysis on research questions on political communication (20%)
• Seminar Paper (4.000 to 5.000 words excluding the references list till March 31, 2020) (40%)

Please note: In order to complete the seminar with a positive grade students have to pass all seminar parts with a positive assessment.

Examination topics

Reading list

It will be announced in the first session.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 08.10.2019 15:48